Those of you that have grown their facial hair for more than a handful of days will probably be aware how itchy and uncomfortable beards can be while you’re getting accustomed to them. And if you’ve ever grown a full beard, you’re no doubt acutely aware of how bad these issues can be in the later stages of facial fuzz growth. If you either have or want to have luscious facial locks, then beard oils are an absolute must-have. Why? They not only soften the hair, but moisturise the skin underneath it, essentially eradicating the issues of beard-itching and discomfort. As well as this, they smell fantastic, and make your beard easy to comb and shape. In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about beard oils, and take you through 18 of our favourite products.
The first thing that it’s important to know about beard oil is that they’re not complicated. If you’ve got anything from a week to a year’s worth of facial hair growth, a small amount of beard oil will soften your hair and make it much easier to live with. Most beard oils are formulated with a blend of natural emollient oils and fragrances. If your skin is dry, this will be fantastic. But even those with acne prone or oily skin can enjoy the benefits of beard oils, as only a light application is ever required, and you’d have to be dramatically overusing your beard oil to see any comedogenic effects.
Beard oils couldn’t be any simpler to use, but the second thing that’s important to know is that they work best as part of a wider beard care routine. Take the best care of your beard by regularly shampooing it using a beard wash.
Beard washes are specially formulated to remove the dirt and grease that builds up in facial hair without damaging the skin of the face. After shampooing, add between 1 (for short beards) and 3 (for 6 months+ of growth) drops of beard oil and brush it thoroughly.
Here at Mankind, we’re often asked the question ‘Do beard oils actually work?’, and the final thing that it’s important to know about beard oils is that yes, they really do work. Anybody who’s given them a try knows that they’re a miracle product. They immediately do away with all the inconveniences associated with growing a beard. They’re also a true all-in-one solution for a number of problems. They protect and moisturise the skin underneath your beard like no other product can, all while giving off an incredible masculine scent.
The Baxter of California Grooming Beard Oil uses Squalene and Avocado Oil, as well as Vitamin E to moisturise and condition the beard and skin. Like most Baxter products, its scent is incredible and unique, blending Sandalwood, Jasmine and Cedar.
The Softer Touch Beard Oil from House 99 is a rapidly drying formulation that imparts lasting hydration without leaving a greasy residue. Like the rest of their range, nutrient-dense superfoods Spirulina and Quinoa are used to strengthen and condition the skin and beard. The perfect companion to the Seriously Groomed Beard and Hair Balm.
Anthony are makers of top-quality grooming products that focus on men’s needs first, and their Pre-Shave Conditioning Beard Oil is no exception. Using Calendula Oil and Vitamin E to hydrate and condition the skin, and Basil and Rosemary Oils to impart a refreshing scent and softening effects on the beard hair.
The Redken Brews Men’s Beard Oil makes use of Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel and Olive Fruit Oils, an ultra-moisturising blend of ingredients that dry skin or itchy beards will soak up gratefully.
The Green People Men’s No. 4 Taming Beard Oil uses Safflower Oil to condition and Tea Tree Oil to fight blemishes. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, it’s great for those with oily skin who find typical beard oils excessively heavy.
The Ritual Of Samurai Beard Oil from Rituals is enriched with Sencha and potent Green Tea, both high in antioxidants, and uses a cocktail of Jojoba, Sesame, and Argan Oils, which hydrate without leaving a residue. It’s outstanding feature is Japanese Mint Oil that rejuvenates the skin and senses.
The Men Rock Beard Oil – Jazz is just one scent in their wider range, all of which act like a light fragrance, as well a beard softening oil which is suitable for all skin types. Including nourishing vitamin E and natural emollients, this is a fantastic introduction to beard oils, and there are plenty more from Men Rock to try.
Formulated with pine oil, a gentle natural emollient, as well as nourishing lemongrass, and sea buckthorn extracts, the Recipe for Men Beard Elixir possesses naturally anti-fungal properties. Unknown to many, this is actually a crucial feature in preventing dryness, itchiness and flakiness under the beard, as it helps to control the level of the fungi which are native to the skin, re-balancing the skin’s natural environment.
Poraso Beard Oil is made with sunflower seed oil, avocado oil and macadamia ternifolia seed oil, as well as refreshing and rejuvenating eucalyptus. Ideal for all skin types, it will ensure healthy hair and healthy skin, while being exceptionally comfortable to wear.
Natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, and Borage Oil make the Bulldog Beard Oil a fantastic option for those looking to combat skin dryness and an itchy beard.
The Jack Black Beard Oil is made with Purescience Technology, combining healing botanicals with certified organic ingredients. Its brown algae and carrot extract are powerfully nourishing antioxidants, whilst its Vitamin E fights skin dryness. Deeply moisturising due to its Marula and Plum oils, it also smells fantastic.
The Barber Club Beard Oil from L’Oréal Paris Men Expert is powered by Cedarwood Essential Oil, giving it a fantastic fragrance and a lightweight feel.
The Beard Oil from LQD Skincare uses a unique blend of Safflower, Hemp Seed Oil, Babassu Seed Butter and Jojoba Oil, each of which have potent nourishing and anti-inflammatory effects, and Argan, Grape Seed, and Avocado Oils, which are intensely rehydrating. Lightweight and without shine, it’s extremely effective.
The Mancave Beard Oil – Blackspice uses Argan Oil, Black Pepper, and antioxidant Vitamin E, a refreshing and revitalising blend of ingredients to soothe and protect the skin under the beard, and soften and condition the hair.
The Triple Action Grooming Oil from ESPA is a new and extremely versatile product, formulated to be used either as a luxurious beard or facial oil, or alternatively as a shaving oil, used to create an unbeatable glide when shaving. For this reason, it’s one of those rare skincare and grooming products that you can always make use of.
The Nourish Post-Shave And Beard Oil from Mauli Rituals is a luxurious product with a unique array of ingredients. Combining Blood Orange, Geranium and Coriander as well as Sandalwood and Vetiver to give it its fragrance, it also contains rejuvenating Moringa, restorative Argan, and Coconut Oils, all of which are nutrient rich and deliver intense benefits to the skin.
Wahl’s Beard Oil is all about functionality and simplicity. Lightweight, fast-absorbing, but extremely effective, it uses Sweet Almond, Grape Seed, and Jojoba Oils to hydrate and protect the skin, and strengthen and soften the beard.
The Grooming Oil from Labs Series is another multi-purpose product that derives its fragrance and effects from Sea Buckthorn, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oils. Used as a beard oil, it’s strengthening, conditioning and softening, and used as a shaving oil, it creates a high degree of glide for the blade, minimising discomfort. For this reason, it’s a product that embodies not only luxury but practicality.